Aurania Resources Ltd.’s Shareholders Approve EcuaSolidus S.A. Acquisition
Toronto, Ontario (May 29, 2017) – Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU) (“Aurania” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that its shareholders have approved the previously announced acquisition of EcuaSolidus S.A. (“ESA”), a company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Ecuador, from Dr. Keith Barron, the President and CEO of Aurania (the “Transaction”) at the annual and special meeting of shareholders of the Corporation held on May 26, 2017 (the “Meeting”). ESA is the holder of the Lost Cities – Cutucu Project comprising 42 mineral exploration licences covering 207,764 hectares (approx. 2,080 square kilometres) over the core of the Cordillera de Cutucu, a mountain range in the foothills of the Andes, in Ecuador.
The Transaction was approved by 100% of votes cast in person and in proxy, at the Meeting.
Dr. Barron, Chairman and CEO, commented: “This acquisition provides Aurania with a very exciting exploration asset that I have been researching and developing over several years. Some of the fascinating historical context of this property in Ecuador is highlighted in a video that is available on our website that I would encourage you to watch (http://www.aurania.com/episode-1-lost-cities-cutucu-project/). It includes information on some of the background knowledge that I’ve assembled on the Lost Cities in this eastern part of Ecuador, that has seen little to no modern mineral exploration.” Dr. Barron continued, “It has been 11 years since the discovery of the Fruta del Norte gold deposit and we’re itching to start exploration along trend in the new project area. To that end, I want to welcome Dr. Richard Spencer to the position of President. His hands-on experience in Ecuador will serve our shareholders well in spearheading our exploration program“.
As previously announced, on April 20, 2017, the Corporation announced the completion of a $6.4 million oversubscribed brokered and non-brokered offering of Subscription Receipts (the “Offering”). The brokered offering was co-led by Maison Placements Canada Inc. together with Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc.
The proceeds from the Offering will be used to fund the Transaction and for property exploration, loan repayments and working capital. The gross proceeds of the Offering less offering costs have been released as the escrow release conditions have been met.
Each Subscription Receipt has been exchanged for one unit of the Corporation (a “Unit”). Each Unit of the Corporation consists of one common share of the Corporation (a “Share”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”). Each whole Warrant entitles the holder thereof to acquire one Share at a price of C$3.00 until October 19, 2018. If the volume weighted average trading price of the Shares on the Corporation’s principal stock exchange exceeds C$3.00 for a period of 20 consecutive trading days, the Corporation may accelerate the expiry date to the date which is 30 days following the date upon which notice of the accelerated expiry date of the Warrants is provided by the Corporation to the holders of the Warrants.
At the Meeting, Shareholders approved settling the outstanding debt owed by the Corporation to Bambazonke Holdings Ltd., a company owned and controlled by Dr. Barron (the “Creditor”) by issuing 375,000 common shares of the Company to the Creditor at a price of $2.00 per common share in an aggregate amount of $750,000. The indebtedness settled relates to cash advances and service cost agreement monthly payments. The securities issued are subject to a hold period of four months and one day.
Additional Business of Meeting
At the Meeting, shareholders also approved the appointment of auditors, election of directors, confirmation of the Corporation’s stock option plan, and adoption of a restricted share unit plan (the “RSU Plan”). Details of these matters are disclosed in the information circular for the Meeting which is dated April 25, 2017 and posted under the Corporation’s profile on www.sedar.com (the “Circular”).
As a result of all of these transactions, the Corporation currently has 27,335,625 common shares issued and outstanding and 1,600,445 common shares subject to issuance.
Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU) is a junior exploration mining company engaged in the identification, evaluation, acquisition and exploration of mineral property interests, with a focus on precious metals.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Richard Spencer
Chief Financial Officer
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